Once the first iteration of a film in a major series gains enough popularity, it is common for fans around the world to call for sequels. Take a couple of years, however, and when these sequels are released and fans have been without this series for some time, there could be reboots. There have been some notable riots from once popular series over the past few decades – how popular did they end up?
Traditionally, bringing back an old film series or porting a television series into a film years after the original run has always been a hit or miss. In some cases there has definitely been a slew of bugs across multiple studios over the past few years. The original Mummy film series, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz was a runaway success that led to a reboot in 2017, despite the lack of original cast, director, and plot.
While the 2017 reboot included an all-star cast with actors like Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, it failed to live up to the dizzying heights of the original. Interestingly, this version was supposed to kickstart a bigger reboot of Universal's Dark Universe, a return to the old "monsters" like Dracula and Frankenstein's monsters. Given that his first outing was considered a box office bomb and the studio lost up to $ 95 million on its release, the future certainly looked bleak The dark universe of Universal.
Universal's original plan for the Dark Universe was that all otherwise seemingly disconnected characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and Dr. Jekyll / Mr Hyde through a secret society called Prodigium, which is dedicated to the hunt for supernatural threats. However, with the Mummy's flaws, it seems that Universal has ditched that unified approach and has since chosen something more akin to Warner Brothers' own departure from its interconnected Worlds Of DC. All of these characters in the new Dark Universe will not be interconnected as expected and they will all be considered part of the universal "Villains" banner as the old Monsters movies were several decades ago.
This change in turn actually worked for Universal, whose release of The invisible man In 2020, it seems that interest in the idea of a villain-based series has been rekindled. The idea for The Invisible Man had existed long before the attempted Dark Universe, as it was based on the 1897 novel by HG Wells and had had discussions for a film adaptation since 2006. It wasn't until 2016 that there was serious interest in The Invisible Man took shape as a key element of the shared Dark Universe.
While Mummy's 2017 reboot seemed to have wiped out any form of malicious activity for Universal, the move to custom storytelling helped The Invisible Man a lot and became a hit with critics and fans. To demonstrate the popularity of the title, there were even games inspired by The Invisible Man, be it the 2017 reboot or some other adaptation from much earlier in 1933 such as: Slot games here at the Space Casino, which, along with other adaptations like Holmes and The Stolen Stones, houses the Wells-inspired slot – a retelling by Sherlock.
Movie restarts, if done well, can turn into meteoric successes themselves. Universal's change in tactics with The Invisible Man definitely shows this. However, they can indeed be made terrible, as proven by The Mummy from 2017. It shows once again that the release of follow-up films is certainly a tricky game at best, especially if the studios don't live up to the name of the original.